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Genk chief, De Conde disappointed with Onuachu’s move to Southampton

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Genk sports director, Dimitri De Conde admitted he was sad to see talismanic forward Paul Onuachu leave the club.

Onuachu ended his association with the Belgian Pro League club on Tuesday, moving to Southampton in a deal worth €21m.

The 28-year-old was a cult hero during his time at the Cegeka Arena.

The Nigeria international, who joined the Limburgers from Danish club, FC Midtjylland in 2019, scored 84 goals in 134 matches.

The lanky striker also holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals in a single season in the Belgian league after netting 33 times in 38 outings during the 2020/21 campaign.

“We could no longer stop him from making his dream come true. I am pleased that Paul is also grateful to the club for that,” De Conde told HLN.

“His departure is of course a great loss for our current selection. We shouldn’t be silly about that. But we were prepared for a possible departure.”

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Transfer: Napoli consider Moffi as replacement for Osimhen

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Napoli are considering a move for Terem Moffi as a potential replacement for Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen looks set to leave the former Serie A champions in the summer. The Partenopei could bring in Moffi as a replacement for the former Lille striker.

Moffi has enjoyed a prolific campaign for Ligue 1 club, OGC Nice. The 23-year-old has already scored 11 goals for Nice this season.

The Nigerian is under contract at the club until 2027.

His compatriot Victor Boniface and Bologna star, Joshua Zirkzee, have also been linked with Napoli.

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Gusau backs Falcons to shine at Olympics

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The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, is optimistic the Super Falcons will derive inspiration from their impressive performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand when they compete at the women’s football event of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Nigeria are pitted against Spain, Brazil, and Japan in a tough Group C of the tournament, which begins July 25, a day before the opening ceremony of the Games, and will run until August 10, when the Games come to an end.

The Falcons booked their spot at the Games for the first time since 2008 by defeating rivals South Africa 1-0 on aggregate in the final qualifying round.

The team’s coach, Randy Waldrum, has labelled their group the “group of death,” but Gusau believes the 11-time African champions can replicate their 2023 Women’s World Cup form, where they bowed out on penalties against England in the round of 16, having held Olympic champions Canada and Northern Ireland, and beating co-hosts Australia.

“We’ll try to improve on our World Cup performance, where we crashed out without losing a single game during regulation time. The girls have shown resilience and determination to qualify for the Olympics against all odds, and I trust them to carry that same spirit to the Games in Paris,” Gusau said.

Gusau is also setting his sights on the podium in Paris.

“After a performance at the World Cup in Australia or New Zealand, I know none of the teams in our group will take us for granted. We want to qualify from the group stage and target the semi-finals, which puts us in the medal range. I believe the team will do well in Paris and return to the country with medals on their necks. Missing three previous Olympic qualifications will motivate the girls to make their mark in Paris,” he added.

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EPL: Liverpool in talks with Arne Slot to replace Klopp

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Liverpool have opened talks with Feyenoord about appointing Arne Slot as their new manager.

According to Sky Sports, Slot is now the favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The Dutchman is believed to tick all their key criteria for the role and the process could move quickly with the 45-year-old keen to join the Reds.

Slot lifted the KNVB Cup last weekend and guided Feyenoord to their first title in six years last season.

He appeals to Liverpool due to his aggressive, full-throttle style.

Slot’s penchant for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation also fits Liverpool’s squad.

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